How To Make Everyone Feel Included In Project Work
Making A Great Team Where Everyone Is Someone
Every project entails team members that are within the same geographic area. This might have the effect of them feeling left out of the group and in turn demoralize them. Additionally, they could also be in the same area, but they rarely meet with you or the other team members.
If you are facing this problem, try to follow these steps, to ensure that everyone feels included
1. Find a good communication basis
Try to come up with a medium of communication that is common to all but at the same time interactive. You might want to avoid emails. Employ a method that will make everyone feel as though they are in the same room. Try video conferencing or create chat groups. Set a time frame in which you will be having such conversations with the team. It could be conversations about work or your personal lives.
This will go a long way in making everyone feel included in every part of the work and the group.
2. Show that you are interested
The fact that you defined the scope of the project and told the team what is required of them is not enough to realize success. It is important that you ask the members of the team what they think and if they have any ideas as to how the project should go on. Hold a meeting now and then, not necessarily an official one. This will help everyone feel more confident in what they do and not feel like they are just hired hands.
3. Give out motivational gifts
People work for various reasons, most of which the pay. However, when the excitement dies off, they have nothing more to keep them going and within the group. Holding constant competitions between the project departments will go a long way in ensuring that everyone is involved in project and that you are all in the know. The winners of the competition should be given a bonus in line with their achievement.
4. Be a role model
Being a leader is not just about giving orders and instructions. It also involves you showing them that they can relate to you with ease. Show them that you are in on the inclusivity of all missions. In case of meetings, give each one a chance to start the meeting. If anything, you could even allow some to head and steer the meetings, or invite them out lunch, drinks and a game. It is upon you to create an environment for interaction.
5. Allow visits to the headquarter
This is specific to employees that are not within the headquarters’ geographical area. You need to schedule regular visits by those employees. This will go to them in assuring them that you consider them as an integral part of the project.
If you would like to complete a project fast, make all the team members feel included and you will never regret it. The few guidelines that we have provided here should be a good place to start.